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The NHL Makes The First Move

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Maybe it was the growing anger from the fan base.

Maybe it was the belief that the players weren't going to crack, at least not before another season was lost.

Maybe there was enough dissatisfaction within the ownership group as a second season in eight years seemed to be slipping away.

Or maybe it was just time for some common sense to enter a situation that had been entirely lacking in some from the outset.

The motivation is moot and so even the most cynical of observers have to credit the National Hockey League for taking what can only be viewed as a bold and potentially decisive step towards ending the month-old lockout of players and likely saving the 2012-13 season in its entirety.

The surprise offer delivered by the league to the players in Toronto Tuesday would see the players' share of hockey related revenues drop from 57 percent to the 50-50 split most observers have predicted would be the final settling place in a new labor deal.


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Evilpens's avatar

UMMM Maybe it was planned a long time ago Beavis

Posted by Evilpens on 10/16/12 at 06:24 PM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

Link doesn’t work.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 10/16/12 at 06:45 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Thanks Chris, my fault and fixed.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/16/12 at 06:48 PM ET

mmuskrat's avatar

Hey, look; it’s Evilpens with a kernel of what may be an intelligent thought, and making himself ignorable by using jerkish language!

Seriously, though, I think this is where they expected to be.  I think that they expected Fehr’s counter-proposals to come a lot quicker each time, and now they’re just showing their cards to make something work.

I also think (and I think Ep will disagree) that Fehr will also be willing to put some cards down and work it out.  I’m counting on Hockey on November 2!

Posted by mmuskrat on 10/16/12 at 07:15 PM ET


adater @adater
My sources say NHL felt fair bit of pressure from TV partners and major sponsors to get ball rolling again. NBCSN real worried about it

**Cough** Ed Snider**Cough**

Posted by FlyersFan on 10/16/12 at 08:02 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

On the surface, the 50-50 split will seem perfectly reasonable to the average hockey fan. But, as the saying goes, the devil lies in the details.

What revenue is considered eligible for the 50-50 split?

How are players’ current salaries and contract lengths affected?

What will the salary cap max and minimum be moving forward?

On the surface, this was a good strategic move by the owners. They come off as appearing reasonable on the “big” issue. And that let’s them push for “less reasonable” demands on other issues.

Maybe the Garden Gnome isn’t as dumb as he looks. Yah, right. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/17/12 at 12:05 AM ET


Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/17/12 at 12:19 AM ET

Nah, you’re talking crazy talk…

Posted by Garth on 10/17/12 at 08:13 AM ET

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